Is Kindergarten Kindling My Kid’S Interests? – Cognitive Development Through Sensory Exploration

Environmental difference between school and home – kids explore senses in school through various activities associated with sensory development.
Rods and cones cells in the eyes improve as a result of visual exposure – visual expansion from the tunnel or focused vision into expansive or peripheral vision due to exposure to near and far objects – depth perception begins developing at this age
Exposure to the outside environment increases auditory skills – ability to distinguish sounds from one another – exposure to all frequencies of sound helps in tuning the hearing of the child – the child learns noise filtration and this improves attention and concentration – auditory exposure facilitates the healthy development of the auditory nerve in the child.
The child is exposed to different tactile and somatic sensations – eating/ outdoor play/ art/ craft/ gardening/ animal play/ clay play/ etc – the child is able to identify changes in temperatures, textures, pressures, etc. – the child distinguishes between different touches, and is able to identify with feel good/ comforting and feel bad/uncomfortable touches
A child’s olfactory distinction begins between 3-6 years of age – this age is most crucial for the child as the child is exposed to different smells in different intensities as a result of which their olfactory bulb develops strongly – the child is also known to identify safe and unsafe environments and people through olfactory indications- smell or scent also plays a crucial role in a child’s memory, the child remembers events using smell
Children are born with a highly developed sense of taste as a result of which they start identifying preferred flavors very early in life – Sharing food in school is known to improve the child’s gustatory indicators and also allows the child to identify what suits and doesn’t suit their palette – children love to match, creating a matching game out of tastes can be a fun way to explore tastes.
The olfactory and gustatory sense organs are more than smell and taste, they are also associated with speech development – proper improvement in these areas facilitates improvement in the neural networks associated with speech in the brain (such as Broca’s and Wernicke’s area as well as the Heschel’s gyrus) – these senses also allow us to identify cognitive and physical defects in the child during the developmental age.
Our preschool also encourages children to stay off-technology for a longer duration as a result of which they receive more somatic as well as audio-visual feedback from the natural environment resulting in cognitive development, especially in areas of creativity and imagination.

– Madhumitha Nivi
Psychologist